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County’s Jail Committee to meet Dec. 14
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County’s Jail Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Wabash County Courthouse.
 
The committee, which is exploring the possibility of building a new jail facility, will meet with Eric Ratts of DLZ, an architectural, engineering and surveying consulting firm, to discuss a recently completed feasibility study.
 
At the committee’s Oct. 13 meeting, Ratts explained what steps were to be taken in the study, compared jail populations, including the projected needs for Wabash County, site considerations, jail trends, building programming and preliminary designs.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
State donor network honors Wabash woman
Kirby Cochran fills in the final piece of Tracy Driscoll’s floragraph as Driscoll’s daughter Haleigh Mann (back row, third from left) wipes away tears and family members look on. Driscoll passed away in 2013 and donated her organs to save three men’s lives, including Cochran’s. She will be honored in January during the Tournament of Roses Parade in California. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash native Tracy Driscoll is a lifesaving hero.
 
On Jan. 7, 2013, Driscoll, a mother of three, died of a brain aneurysm and heart attack.
 
“It was really sudden and unexpected,” daughter Haleigh Mann said. “She went to the Wabash hospital and immediately flown to Lutheran in Fort Wayne.”
 
However, before her death, Driscoll chose to be an organ donor and with her passing, she saved three lives, including that of Kirby Cochran, of Franklin.
 
Almost four years after her death, on Jan. 2, 2017, the Indiana Donor Network and Donate Life will honor Driscoll and Cochran at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., with the Donate Life float.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
City gives strip of land to Honeywell Foundation
By Joseph Slacian
 
A strip of land just west of the Historic Eagles Theatre was given to the Honeywell Foundation by the City of Wabash on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1.
 
The land, 10-feet-wide by 132-feet long, will be part of the theatre’s renovation project under the Stellar Program, Mayor Scott Long told the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.
 
The land was given to the city in 1905 by the Eagles Lodge, Mayor Scott Long said, and the land transfer was recorded at the Wabash County Courthouse on June 20, 1905. The land was never dedicated to anything by the city.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
Wabash attorney criminal trial set for July
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash attorney John Johnston’s trial has been set for July 11, 2017.
 
Johnston, 79, faces criminal charges following a five-month Wabash City Police investigation.
 
On Nov. 4, the local attorney entered a not guilty plea to felony theft and misdemeanor conversion charges, which stemmed from a report that Johnston had allegedly taken funds from a client without consent, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
County tourism increases, study shows
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County tourism generated more than $9.8 million in total taxes in 2015, up 15.3 percent from 2014.
 
That’s what a new Economic Impact of Tourism in Wabash County study showed, Christine Flohr, executive director of tourism for Visit Wabash County told Wabash County Commissioners on Monday morning. She also was to appear before the Wabash County Council on Monday night.
 
The 15.3 percent increase, according to the study is well above the 2.7 percent median increase for other Indiana counties.
 
Flohr told The Paper of Wabash County that she credits the increase in tourism to “a more focused and collaborative marketing effort.”
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
Wabash firefighters receive training
Wabash firefighters work to stabilize a car during training Saturday morning at the Wabash County Fairgrounds. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
About two dozen Wabash firefighters received training in stabilizing vehicles and extricating victims at accident scenes.
 
Representatives of 5 Alarm Fire & Safety Equipment, Delafield, Wis., worked with the local firefighters throughout the day Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Wabash County Fairgrounds.
 
Firefighter Mitch Meyer arranged the training.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
Wabash County EMA receives IDHS grant
By David Fenker
 
Thanks to a grant from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Wabash County Emergency Management Agency will soon purchase an electronic whiteboard.
 
EMA Director Keith Walters informed the county commissioners that EMA had applied for the grant in June and been turned down due to the competitive nature of the grant.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06
Richards joins Wabash Fire Department
Mayor Scott Long presents a commemorative oath of office to probationary firefighter Dalen Richards. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Dalen Richards is the newest probationary firefighter-paramedic with the Wabash Fire Department.
 
Richards received a ceremonial oath of office on Monday, Nov. 28, from Mayor Scott Long. Among those in the audience to watch were his wife, Britney, and two children Carson, 6, and Nora, 2, along with other family members and fellow firefighters.
 
Richards, 30, attended Kokomo High School for two years, eventually acquiring a GED.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 06

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